Blog Archives


I’ve never been all that good at drawing flowers, but I was tempted by some beautiful, huge bird of paradise blooms currently in our home. The result is questionable, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with my watercolour pencils!



The latest from my sketchbook… just a random sketch/collage/doodle that evolved over a couple of days… layers of paper, watercolour pencil and ink.

Sketching again

Here’s a page from a new sketchbook I’ve just started.  Nothing elaborate… the figure is one I drew last weekend based on the cover of a book (about the Tudors). I drew it on a torn off piece of a paper bag, and today I pasted it into my sketchbook with a few other bits of paper and a doodle.

I spent a few hours this evening with my sketchbook. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made time for drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, or just doodling… fun.  My goal is to fill at least one page per week. Should be doable.

Rear Window


Ready for Inspiration!

This is my painting corner in our new home. It’s on our glassed-in balcony, which is starting to get a bit chilly now… especially in the evenings.  In the afternoons when the sun shines in the windows it’s still pretty nice…. unfortunately that leaves only the weekend afternoons, when I should be getting some chores done. I need to get a space heater, and then I think it’ll be just dandy out there. Before this I lived in 430 sq.ft., so having a place to leave the easel set up permanently feels extravagant!

I love our view. From this spot I can see houses, apartments, office buildings, church steeples, trees, hills, sunsets and even a small glimpse of the ocean.  There’s a rooftop garden, and someone two blocks away with a TV so huge we can tell what show they’re watching. There’s a tower with a clock, “our clock,” that we look at to see what time it is… but have to remember it’s running five minutes slow. There are a few cranes working on shiny new condominiums, and the shabby old disreputable apartment building where we went to pick up some secondhand lamps we bought on craigslist . And there’s the empty apartment in the building behind us that we looked at the same day we looked at the one we eventually moved into…. that other one has a living room like a bowling alley with glass brick and wall-to-wall pink shag carpet.  It’s still empty.

With so much going on out there, I’m sure to be inspired to put something on that empty canvas….. right?  As soon as I can find (or make) some time to spend with it.